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Sheilalee_2000
Downdraft oven/stove, that does not downdraft
Sheilalee_2000

Our downdraft stove really SUCKS! Well, actually, not. Steam clouds up the new glass cabinets above. (Recent remodel.) New cabinets are lower than the old, which makes the problem worse. 4 repair calls, one consult with the contractors, one visit by an HVAC guy, and the steam keeps rising. Various opinions so far: the motor; the elbows and/or PVC in the vent system (too small/too large; too far from the oven/too close); this particular oven is "like that and people complain;" and finally, "there is nothing wrong with our oven/stone." We are at our wits' end. We would have replaced the oven during the renovation if we knew this would happen, but now we are stuck. (Possibly it was damaged during the pull-out, put-back?) New $40,000 kitchen and no oven/stove. Oven is extra large so we would have to replace with a model by the same company, or all the cabinets, countertops would be off. Not ready to do that just yet. What if the new one sucked (or not) also? PLEASE HELP!

dj1
Re: Downdraft oven/stove, that does not downdraft
dj1

Quote: " 4 repair calls, one consult with the contractors, one visit by an HVAC guy, and the steam keeps rising. "

Question: Is this a NEW range oven? If yes, what does the manufacturer say?

ed21
Re: Downdraft oven/stove, that does not downdraft
ed21

What you need is a range hood and exhaust fan. I never thought down draft stoves worked well.
It's always possible something is not connected well or clogged up.
I'm not surprised glass cabinets above a stove would fog up without a range hood. Kind of like the mirror in the bath room.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Downdraft oven/stove, that does not downdraft
Mastercarpentry

All down-drafts perform poorly compared to hoods. At best they offer minimal ventilation no matter how many CFM they flow because with cooking heat, everything goes up, and what little sideways airflow there is will not be enough unless it draws the cook's apron into it too. The only solution is a hood- ask professional Chefs what's in their home kitchens and at least 98% will have hoods, not downdrafts. Those with down-drafts won't have them next year!

They will probably begin offering tail-fins for your stove soon, as they will be equally effective and give them yet another way to take your money.

Phil

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